These columns were made for my former home out of pine wood with molding at top and bottom. An artificial arrangement was displayed on them flanking each side of the entrance to a den; it was stunning.
I have always used them to hold a large plant. My choice is a Boston fern as that is my favorite inside plant through out the winter months. I happen to have wonderful filtered light in my breakfast room. The columns could also be used for a statue or pottery.
A comment from a reader
A reader mentioned that the paint cloth used in the “saving the couch” post would look better if it was ironed.
A great point was made and this reader obviously has a keen eye. Mary (she is the homeowner) and I have strong feelings about ironing. I like ironed pieces especially my top sheet and my pillow cases; they even have a little starch. I also iron my husband’s pajamas (and all his shirts are ironed of course.) My mother always ironed her linens and when I look in my linen closet, it gives me a good feeling.
Mary, however, is horrified by this. She thinks ironing sheets and pajamas is a total waste of time. I’ve noticed she uses cloth napkins most of the time and they are ironed but I’m quite confident that she didn’t iron them!
When she read this comment, she laughed and said the drop cloth was for three kids and a pizza and there was no way she was going to iron it (it would be taken off as soon as the kids left anyway). Additionally, she only has a sorry little ironing board that folds down from a closet and it couldn’t support a heavy 9 x 12 canvas cloth if she tried. I even wondered if the finish on the fabric would ruin my good iron.
I noticed around the internet that a lot of people are using these drop cloths to decorate especially for window treatments. What do you think? Do you iron everything? Would you iron these drop cloths? Has anyone tried? How did it work? Are there any other solutions? For example, we wondered if steaming would work.
(photos by George Cavanaugh)